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Expressive/Receptive ASL

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  • 3 Credits
  • 04/30/2013 to 01/01/2075
  • Modified 07/22/2022


This course focuses on grammatical elements of American Sign Language (ASL) using expressive skills. Conversational behaviors will be discussed. Student's receptive and voicing skills will focus on ASL vocabulary recognition, English sentence structure, and vocal tone and volume. (Su)


Prerequisite Courses: Minimum 2.0 in SIGN 163 or concurrently
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Use grammatically accurate facial expressions, classifiers, eye gaze, placement, structure and sign style expressively
  2. Use techniques demonstrated in class to improve their use of space and descriptive skills in sign language
  3. Increase accuracy in interpretation skills
  4. Demonstrate beginning receptive conversational sign language skills.
  5. Translate verbally from ASL to English
  6. Increase lag time when interpreting from ASL to English
  7. Determine the English equivalent register choice for ASL signs/phrases


Tools, Equipment or Apparel (Required of the Student)

Voice recorder


Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Other 20%
Quizzes 80%
Additional Information

Students should be familiar with the materials covered in previous classes.  Any questions or difficulties should be brought to the attention of the instructor.

Weekly quizzes will consist of vocabulary, sentences, and paragraphs, which the student will be required to interpret from ASL to written English.  Students are also responsible for grammatical information from the text.

Failure to turn in each week's DVD supplemental completed and on time will result in a five-point penalty for the week's quiz score.

Interaction Log/Journal:  Students will keep a journal/log of interaction hours as outlined below.

The Sign Language curriculum at Lansing Community College requires that all students fulfill and document 16 hours outside of regular class meeting times.  Students will be responsible for locating and setting up their own events according to their schedules.  They should look at these experiences not only as skill builders but also as a way of gaining exposure to the field of interpreting and Deaf culture in general.  Students will be required to provide documentation of 16 such hours.

In the case that a student is taking two (2) or more SIGN classes concurrently, they may use the same event for each class. Please contact your instructor(s) with questions.


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Extra Credit

Extra Credit is not available for this course.

Late Tests and Assignments

Late Tests and Assignments must be made up within one class period, please contact instructor.

Class Attendance/Participation


Institutional Policies


For transfer information, please consult the LCC Transfer webpage.  In addition, the Michigan Transfer Network website allows students to search how courses transfer to colleges and universities statewide.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC General Education webpage.

Students interested in transfer should contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class should contact the Center for Student Access (CSA). They are located in the Gannon Building, Star Zone - Center for Student Support.  You can also access the Center for Student Access website, or call (517) 483-5323.  Contacting the Center early helps ensure that accommodations are put in place as soon as possible.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

The College recognizes the value and importance of a safe and orderly learning environment that supports honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. The Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community.  The College has established procedures for reporting and addressing alleged violations.                 

Students must follow the Student Code of Conduct and the General Rules and Guidelines. Also, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Instructors will verify participation in a course by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer. Students who have not participated will be dropped from the course and may be responsible for any non-refundable fees.

Academic Success Coaches (ASC)

Student success is our first goal.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  Faculty or staff may refer you to an ASC for help if you are not doing well in a class. Please watch your LCC email for a referral.

We also suggest you contact an ASC on your own if you need help or advice to reach your goals.  

To contact an ASC, call (517) 483-1422, email [email protected], or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

LCC provides equal opportunity for all persons and prohibits discriminatory practices based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or participate in educational programs, courses, services or activities offered by the College.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Human Resource Manager/Employee Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1879; Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-9632.

COVID-19 Precautions

All students, employees and visitors have a part to play in keeping LCC safe.  Stay home if you are sick! See the Keeping LCC Safe webpage for the most current information. Students with questions or concerns should email [email protected].

Media Release Statement

Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be taken for College-related business, in connection with their enrollment or participation in LCC activities without compensation from LCC, its Trustees, officers, directors, employees, students and agents of each of them.  Photographs, pictures, slides, movies, video, or other media coverage of students may be used for any legal purposes.

College Catalog

For rules and procedures on matters such as Academic Calendar, Withdrawals, Incompletes, Appeals, etc., please review the College Catalog, and contact your Academic Advisor or Academic Success Coach.

Emergency Notifications and the Rave Guardian App

The College uses an emergency alert system to provide information on urgent situations such as power outages, weather emergencies, and other incidents related to the safety and security of those on campus.  Therefore, it is important that we have the correct contact information on file. To review and update your contact information for those alerts, go to myLCC, School Tab, Student eToolbox, and click on “Emergency Notification System.”  After reviewing and agreeing to the terms of use for Rave alerts, you will be directed to your personal dashboard, where you can review, update, confirm, and test the phone numbers and email addresses on file.  Students with a mobile/cell number on file will receive text alerts. If you made updates to your contact information, please also go to the Banner Self Service Personal Information tab to update your contact information in Banner.

You may also want to download the Rave Guardian app which has features to enhance your safety on and off campus.  For more information, see the Public Safety website.

Additional Items

Detailed Outline of Course Content and Sequencing

The detailed course outline is provided by the instructor in the syllabus supplemental and is subject to change at any time.

  1. Week 1 – Introductions, explanation of the syllabus and syllabus supplemental, ice breaker,  auditory/visual shadowing, quizzes (short answer and memorization), cold  voicing, supplemental
  2. Week 2 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (classifiers), compression/expansion (contrasting), cold  voicing, supplemental
  3. Week 3 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (listening and retention), compression/expansion (faceting), cold  voicing, supplemental
  4. Week 4 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (individual story), compression/expansion (reiteration), cold  voicing, supplemental
  5. Week 5 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (ABC and number story), compression/expansion (utilizing 3-D space), cold  voicing, supplemental
  6. Week 6 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (How To), compression/expansion (explaining by examples), cold  voicing, supplemental
  7. Week 7 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (group skit), compression/expansion (couching or scaffolding), cold  voicing, supplemental
  8. Week 8 – Quizzes (short answer and memorization), expressive/receptive activities (autobiography), compression/expansion (describe, then do), cold  voicing, supplemental